Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination

Varicella is transmitted by direct contact, droplet transmission, or airborne transmission of the varicella-zoster virus. The incubation period is usually 13 to 17 days, and the main symptom is a rash (initially maculopapular and then blistering) that is itchy and may be accompanied by mild fever. The disease is generally mild, but in immunocompromised conditions it can become severe and may be complicated by encephalitis. The varicella vaccine is a live attenuated varicella-zoster virus that prevents severe disease.
From October 1, 2014, varicella (chickenpox) vaccination became a routine vaccination (vaccination based on the Immunization Act) and can be received free of charge.

Target person

From 12 months old (the day before the 1st birthday) to 36 months (until the day before the 3rd birthday)
(The standard age for the first vaccination is between 1 year and 1 year and 3 months old, and the standard vaccination interval is between 6 months and 12 months after the first vaccination.)
People who have already had chickenpox (those who have received a definitive diagnosis from a doctor) cannot be vaccinated.

Pre-examination vote is mailed to target person at the end of the month before the 1-year-old birthday month.

Electronic application

If you have lost your health checkup slip or if your child has moved to Meguro Ward and has not been vaccinated, you can apply for issuance of a health checkup slip online here.
Electronic application (Tokyo joint electronic application/notification service)

Number of inoculations

The chickenpox vaccine is two doses .

  • The first vaccination is given once from 12 months to 15 months after birth (standard vaccination age).
  • Booster vaccination is given once at intervals of 6 to 12 months (minimum of 3 months) after the end of the first vaccination.

cost of vaccination

If you use the pre-screening slip sent to you and get vaccinated within the legal vaccination age (from the day before your 1st birthday to the day before your 3rd birthday), the vaccination is free. However, you will be charged a fee if you get vaccinated outside the designated medical institution or if you get vaccinated outside the legal vaccination age.

Where to get vaccinated

Please inoculate at a contracted medical institution in the city. You can also use the Meguro Preliminary Examination Card at contracted medical institutions in 22 wards other than Meguro Ward. Please confirm in advance that the medical institution where you plan to receive the vaccination is a contracted medical institution in the ward where you live. For a list of medical institutions in Meguro Ward, please see the " Children's Vaccinations " page.

Related pages

child vaccination

Information on how to notify Meguro Ward about routine immunizations for children and how to inoculate.

Link to external site Opens in a new window. Chickenpox Q&A (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

This is the page of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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